Thai youth activist charged with royal defamation dies in custody
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by Mong Palatino
5h ago
Netiporn “Bung” Sanesangkhom was on hunger strike for 65 days Originally published on Global Voices Thai activist Netiporn “Bung” Sanesangkhom. Photo by Ginger Cat. Source: Prachatai, content partner of Global Voices. Thai activist Netiporn “Bung” Sanesangkhom died on May 14 while under pre-trial detention for charges related to royal defamation. Her death sparked outcry from human rights advocates, who urged the government to reform the lèse-majesté (royal insult) law and to stop persecuting state critics. Bung, 28, was an English tutor before she became involved with the youth-led democrac ..read more
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The jury from Moldova gave highest points to Ukraine during Eurovision 2024
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by Daria Dergacheva
12h ago
What Moldova was proud of during the latest Eurovision contest Originally published on Global Voices Singer Natalia Barbu from Moldova did not get into the contest's final this year. Screenshot of the video from Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. Fair use. Independent Moldovan news outlet Newsmaker wrote about what Moldova was proud of during the latest Eurovision contest. Global Voices translated the article, edited it for clarity and republished with permission from Newsmaker.  Even if Moldova did not make it to the final of Eurovision 2024, viewers and the jury from Moldova had ..read more
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Tea is a daily delight for Bangladeshis, yet plantation workers face immense hardships
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by Rezwan
2d ago
Tea garden workers sustain by preparing meal with raw tea-leaves Originally published on Global Voices The Mulnicherra Estate is the oldest tea garden in South Asia. Image via Wikipedia by Shahnoor Habib Munmun. CC BY 3.0. In 2023, Bangladesh achieved a milestone in tea production, with production surpassing 102.9 million kilograms for the first time. This marks the first time tea production exceeded 100 million kilograms in the country since British colonials introduced experimental tea cultivation in this region in 1840. The majority of the tea produced is used domestically, indicating Ban ..read more
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Guatemalan journalist receives prestigious award from prison
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by Melissa Vida
2d ago
Zamora is a symbol of the persecution against journalists in Guatemala and the region Originally published on Global Voices Global Voices photomontage. Photo by Jose R. Zamora in Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0 DEED) This story was written by Simón Antonio Ramón in Prensa Comunitaria on May 14, 2024. An edited version is republished in Global Voices under a media agreement. The Board of Trustees of the foundation created by the late journalist, writer and Nobel prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez, awarded the Gabo 2024 Awards for Excellence in Journalism to Guatemalan journalist Jose Rubén Zam ..read more
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Google blocks access to pro-democracy protest song in Hong Kong after court ruling
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by Hong Kong Free Press
3d ago
Google blocks access to 32 YouTube videos and related links in Hong Kong Originally published on Global Voices A YouTube video of the protest song Glory to Hong Kong is blocked for local users, as of Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Photo: Screenshot via HKFP. Used with permission. This report was written by Tome Grundy and originally published in Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) on May 15, 2024. An edited version is published below as part of a content partnership agreement with HKFP. Google has blocked Hong Kong users from accessing the pro-democracy protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” on YouTube (w ..read more
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The realities of older sex workers in Kenya
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by Zita Zage
3d ago
‘Older sex workers are confronting two formidable challenges: technology and ageism’ Originally published on Global Voices Illustration by Minority Africa, used with permission. Grace Nyarangi decided to enter the sex work industry when she was just over 18 years old. In her early years, she managed to support her children, put food on the table, and provide for all their necessities solely through her earnings. Despite facing significant backlash and stigma from her family and community when they learned about her choice of profession, Nyarangi remained resolute. “After giving birth and bei ..read more
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Turkey joins the ranks of countries considering a foreign agent law
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by Arzu Geybullayeva
3d ago
Anyone can be labeled an agent of influence Originally published on Global Voices Image by Arzu Geybullayeva Turkey, following in the footsteps of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, and Georgia to name a few, is considering adopting its own version of the controversial foreign agent law. Expected to be submitted to the Grand National Assembly — Turkey's parliament — before the end of the legislative year on July 1, 2024, the package includes a legislative amendment that would introduce criminal penalties for what it calls “foreign influence agents” by expanding the definitions of “espionage ..read more
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Symbolic, but distant in the future: A dam on Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn river
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by Vlast.kz
4d ago
The construction is financed by Kyrgyzstan and its downsteam neighbors Originally published on Global Voices The River Naryn running through the city of Naryn in Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Vlad Ushakov. Used with permission. This article was written by Paolo Sorbello for Vlast.kz. An edited version is published on Global Voices under a media partnership agreement.  First envisioned during the Soviet era, the Kambar-Ata-1 dam and a hydropower plant (HPP) on the Naryn river in Kyrgyzstan might finally be built, after Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on April 15 establi ..read more
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Georgia's ruling party adopts controversial foreign agent bill despite widespread protests
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by Arzu Geybullayeva
5d ago
The ruling Georgian Dream party stirring Georgia into political crisis Originally published on Global Voices Massive protests have roiled Georgia since April 8, 2024, when Georgia's ruling party re-introduced the controversial foreign agent bill. But despite the month of public outcry and international condemnation, the parliament approved the bill in its third reading on May 13 and adopted the bill on May 14. Meanwhile, as thousands of Georgians continue to take to the streets, the government said it would create a database of “undesirables” namely, “people involved in or publicly suppor ..read more
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A Glimpse into El Salvador's ’state of exception‘
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by Laura Chaparro Piedrahita
5d ago
The measure has been severely questioned by experts Originally published on Global Voices Illustration made by Global Voices. The administration of El Salvador's president Nayib Bukele has been marked by the adoption of measures that restrict citizens’ fundamental freedoms, censor open and inclusive debate on public matters, and limit freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Additionally, there has been excessive interference in the regular functioning of state bodies. This situation worsened in March 2022 with the declaration of a state of emergency, initially for one month, but pe ..read more
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